What Is High Performance Computing?

High Performance Computing Defined

High-performance computing (HPC) is the ability to process data and perform complex calculations at high speeds. A normal laptop or desktop with a 3 GHz processor can perform around 3 billion calculations per second. While a HPC solution can perform quadrillions of calculations per second.

One of the best-known types of HPC solutions is the supercomputer. A supercomputer contains thousands of compute nodes that work together to complete one or more tasks. This is called parallel processing.

HPC solutions have three main components:

  • Compute
  • Network
  • Storage

To build a high-performance computing architecture, compute servers are networked together into a cluster. Software programs and algorithms are run simultaneously on the servers in the cluster. The cluster is networked to the data storage to capture the output. Together, these components operate together to complete a set of tasks. To operate at maximum performance, each component must keep pace with the others.

To main benefits of HPC systems are:

  1. Saves Money: With fast processing ability of high-performance computing systems, companies can deliver faster results in saving money.
  2. Streamline Business Processes: HPC systems can customize many business processes allowing users to get more done in less time.

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